Concert Promoters

Ralph Angelillo grew up inspired by Joe Morello. His dad was a bassist for big dance bands in the 1940s and '50s and his four brothers all played music. In 1961, at the age of 17, Ralph purchased his first Ludwig drum set, with money earned working as a busboy in local hotels. While working in the...
Sylvia Cunliffe was working for the City of Los Angeles when she created and produced a series of large public events that brought music to millions over the years.  The Los Angeles Street Scene and Country Scene were among her most notable events, which provided over a dozen stages that showcased...
DJ Mean Gene (L Brothers) from the Bronx, was not only a legendary DJ but an early Hip Hop promoter and organizer of jams and shows. Gene was Grandmaster Flash's first DJ partner. His youngest brother is Grand Wizzard Theodore who invented the Scratch. Gene, Theodore and their other brother Cordio...
Rikki Farr has been an active member of the audio engineering community most of his life and as such has been involved in countless innovations along the way.  With Rikki’s incredible career in mind, it would take a page just to list the fields he has been involved with such as concert promotions,...
Bill Hollingshead enjoyed a long and successful career as a concert and live events booking agent as well as a director and producer for many years.  He worked for Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California as well as many other venues.  He was there when rock and roll started and played a key role...
Eddie Ray was the A&R man for Capitol-Tower Records and Imperial Records for many years.  As a result he was instrumental in the careers of such artists as Fats Domino, Sandy Nelson, Pink Floyd and Ricky Nelson, among others.  Eddie was also a songwriter whose songs have been performed and...
Bill Reim is the Founder of Reim, Graham & Associates.  He was also the CEO of Hoshino USA, based in Pennsylvania.  He can remember watching the Beatles on TV when he was in the second grade and later formed a rock band with some of his classmates while in high school. After studying graphic...
George Renfro spent his career beating the bushes in the record business, calling on radio stations, following up with concert promoters and being a freelancer for record companies in the effort to promote new hit records. The nearly forgotten role of record promoter was at its peek in the 1950s...
Jim Salzer opened his first store in 1966 with a focus on selling records. At the time Jim was a concert promoter in Southern California and really understood what teenagers and young adults were interested in hearing. His concerts involved acts such as The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and The Grateful...
Fred Vail was making announcements on a local radio station in Sacramento, California when he was just 12 years old. While in high school, he led the committee that brought bands to the school dances. One such band, The Beach Boys, had just recorded a few songs that were climbing up the charts but...

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